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Baubles and Bling from a Prima Ballerina

From the museum case to the cardboard boxes (Think Inside the Box)…  the question on everyone’s mind is the same – “Where do you get your jewelry?”  There isn’t just one answer, in fact, there are many…  we buy from antique dealers, auctions and estate sales, and from private parties.  We buy from traveling salesman and brokers.  We have clients in 26 states and six countries in Europe.  The jewelry pours through the door every single day. 

If “Where do you get your jewelry?” is the most popular question, the next most popular inquiry is “Do you know who wore this?”  The answer to that question is simple – “No.”  We almost never know who owned the fabulous pieces in our cases…  almost.  Every once in a long while, we are able to purchase pieces with provenance. 

 

As you may have guessed, the tiny (size 2) ring above was owned by Tamara; Tamara Toumanova that is.  She was known as “The Black Pearl of the Russian Ballet” – referring not just to her talent and technique, but also to her beauty.  Her glossy raven-wing hair and large dark eyes charmed choreographers and audiences alike.  Imagine the “T-A-M-A-R-A” letters  of this 18 karat white gold and amethyst ring twinkling in the lights as she spun on the stage. 

 

Tamara made her debut at the age of 10, starring in numerous ballets in Europe and the United States.  Later, she danced the role of the black swan in Swan Lake.  She toured the world with her mother for more than thirty years, during which time she made her screen debut in “Days of Glory” with Gregory Peck.  Later that same year, she married the film’s producer, Casey Robinson. 

  

Perhaps this silver and rose gold compact, signed “Boucheron, Paris” was a gift from her husband.  This lovely piece depicts a pair of lovebirds amid a sea of leaves with five ruby accents.  Priced at $3500, this stunning piece would definitely bring a bit of Old Hollywood glamour to your morning make-up routine!

This ring is my favorite piece from the estate.  Made from 18 karat rose gold, this modern beauty features a pair of emerald cut colored stones – one green beryl and one pink kunzite.  Like it’s previous owner, this ring is classically beautiful.  The bold lines and soft color speak for themselves – no additional ornamentation or decoration needed.  Priced at $3000 – this ring is our Prima Ballerina.  Don’t miss these incredible finds – available exclusively at Joden Jewelers. 

“You can go to a museum and look, or you can come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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A Feather In Our Cap

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Baubles, Bling, and Commendable Things

For nearly twenty years we have traveled across the country to convene with more than 400 other dealers at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show, the largest trade only event servicing the antique jewelry industry.  The Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center will be bursting with leading experts from more than 25 countries and the absolute finest estate jewelry in the world – truly the best of the best. 

This is the banner that will be at the entrance to the show.  The necklace is ours – a stunning piece from our Carlo Giuliano collection.  This is not paid advertising – in fact, it’s more like the spoils at the end of a hard fought battle.  Each exhibitor submitted digital images from their stockpile.  The marketing team for the show poured through thousands of submissions searching for the perfect pieces to use in the artwork for the show.  We submitted over 50 breathtaking likenesses, including this one…  the chosen piece.

 

This is a multicolored enamel pendant from the heart of the Art Nouveau period (1890-1910).  Blue, white and translucent red enamel marry with pearls and Old Mine Cut diamonds on an elaborate frame of scrollwork and quatrefoil flowers… a masterpiece crafted by a master jeweler.  The price is available upon request.

We were thrilled to see our pendant on the banner – the first small victory.  The real prize came about a week later.  We were absolutely over the moon to discover that another one of our Giuliano gems will adorn the front cover of the brochure!  Again, this is not advertising that can be bought.  It is an honor bestowed upon the jeweler with the most magnificent piece in the show.  This is the fourth time that Joden has been recognized in this manner. 

 

This bangle bracelet (Art Nouveau, circa 1890) is signed C & AG.  It was a collaboration of Carlo Giuliano (the father) and Carlo and Arthur Giuliano (his two sons).  The center of the bracelet is an explosion of color featuring blue sapphire, peridot, tsavorite and diamonds while the rest of the piece is enameled in classic Giuliano style – blue and white opaque enamel done in both pique and champlevé styles.  It’s a real show stopper!

Many experts consider Giuliano to be the finest jeweler of all time.  One of his most famous patrons was Queen Victoria.  Rumor has it that his pieces were among her favorites.  We have been lucky enough to amass a 26 piece Giuliano collection – the largest assembly of his work in this part of the country.  All 26 pieces are on display every day in our museum case, and each one is highlighted on our site. 

There is no question,  you can go to a museum and look or you can come to Joden and touch.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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We’ve Got the Blues

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Baubles, Bling, and Cerulean Things

Did you ever take one of those Facebook quizzes…  like “What is the color of your soul?”  For me, the answer is always blue.  When I was a teenager, I had a mood ring.  It didn’t seem to matter what my mood was, the stone never changed colors…  it was a constant shade of blue.  It makes perfect sense…  whether it be cobalt, denim, indigo or teal; midnight, navy, cyan or cerulean – blue is my jam.  It reminds me of a beautiful summer sky and long lazy days at the ocean.  It speaks to me…

You can imagine how much I love each of these bands!  From the enameled Lily of the Valley on the left to the swirls of blue enamel in the center, and ending with modern circles of white gold and blue enamel on the right – each ring is more unique than the last.

    

The first band is an 18 karat white gold wide band with a cobalt blue enamel backdrop featuring a Lily of the Valley design.  The leaves are a bright green enamel with a tiny fully faceted round brilliant diamond forming each flower.  The flowers invert with each blossom to create an endless pattern.  This ring would make a perfect right hand ring or a non-traditional wedding band.  It’s available on our site for just $1300.00.

The second band is also created from 18 karat white gold.  The unique design of this piece is reminiscent of a stained glass window.  Sections of white gold are used to create the circular framework, and a bright blue enamel fills each space to finish the look.  This kind of enameling is called plique-a-jour.  Priced at just $1200.00, this unusual piece is also available on our site. 

Chase away the blues with one of these stylish and fun bands!  Check them out on our site or drop by our showroom today.  You won’t be singing the blues anymore!

Go to our site and look, then come to Joden and touch.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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